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By Sorrow's River (Berrybender Narratives Series #3)

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    Tasmin Berrybender, the daughter of Lord Berrybender, wife of Ji

    Tasmin Berrybender, the daughter of Lord Berrybender, wife of Jim Snow aka Sin Killer, feisty, independent, sharp-tongued, and emotional, takes the forefront of this, the third of four Berrybender tales. As in many of McMurtry’s westerns and the previous two Berrybenders (Sin Killer and The Wandering Hill), the cast of characters is wildly and frequently amusingly creative. Joining Tasmin, her father, and Jim Snow are quirky folks across the spectrum, Indians (Greasy Lake, High Shoulders, The Partezan, Little Onion, and Ear Taker among others), frontiersmen drawn from history (Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, Jean (Pomp) Charbonneau), Tasmin’s sisters, and those who serve the Berrybenders or are in their traveling party. That sounds like many, but keeping them straight is no problem since they are all written so uniquely. The story continues the saga of the Berrybender family’s journey into the American west when it was unpopulated and untamed. The travelers have many adventures, some harrowing in terms of weather or adversaries, some frequently comical and heartening, such as the relationships of various couples, including more than a few references to intimacy using a variety of proper and idiomatic references to it, and more than one relationship which crosses class or ethnic lines. There is the oddball appearance of two famed European journalists traveling by hot-air balloon. Altogether, this makes for a most enjoyable trip, with setting-appropriate violence to balance all the funny characters, interchanges, and events. I look forward to book four, Folly and Glory, soon.

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